Although heat pumps offer a great way to save energy during the heating season, there are certain times of the year when it's just too cold outside to efficiently transfer heat indoors. That's why many heat pump owners in the St. Louis area choose to install a hybrid heating systems in their homes. So what are hybrid heating systems and what are the advantages of installing one?
A hybrid heating system is the combination of a heat pump and a traditional furnace. The heat pump is used throughout the cooling season as well as on mild to moderately cold days throughout the heating season. When the outside temperature gets too cold for the heat pump to efficiently warm your home, the system switches to the furnace as its source of heat.
When a hybrid heating system is installed, the installer will set a "balance point," which is the outside temperature at which it becomes more economical to use a traditional furnace than a heat pump. The whole process is done automatically, so you don't need to worry about when to use the heat pump and when to switch to the furnace.
If you have any questions about hybrid heating systems, or if you'd like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.